When we compete with others in a way that brings out the best in us and everyone involved, we are engaging in positive competition. It's about pushing ourselves and those around us, and enabling our devotion and expertise, as well as the inspiration of others, to bring out the best in us and tap into our potential. This type of competition is good for society because it creates improvements in performance that would not otherwise have been achieved.
Competition is a fundamental part of life. We need competition if we are going to try new things, reach for higher goals, and evolve as individuals and societies. But we can choose how we compete -- positively or negatively. If we go beyond simply trying to outdo the other person to really wanting to win at any cost, then we have entered the realm of negative competition.
In sports, especially individual sports such as tennis, soccer, and basketball, there is often only one winner or none at all. In these cases, the goal of competing is to achieve success by besting the opponent(s). However, in team sports like football and baseball, there is a winner or loser based on the outcome of the game. In these cases, the goal of competing is to succeed despite your opponent(s).
Positive competition aims to beat the other person while taking into account their merits as a player or member of the team.
When we compete with others in such a way that we desire to win at the expense of the other person or individuals involved, we are engaging in negative competition. In other words, our success is dependent on their inability to succeed. This type of competition is bad because it involves violence or threat of violence toward others to obtain victory.
Negative competition can be found in sports where players use illegal tactics to gain an advantage over their opponents. For example, in football, players may use illegal means to protect themselves from injury, such as wearing helmets. Or they may use illegal tactics to hinder their opponents, such as kicking and punching. These actions are wrong because they involve violence or threat of violence to obtain victory.
In business, negative competitors seek to injure the reputation of their rivals by spreading false information about them, for example. They may even sabotage their competitors' products or services if it provides them with a competitive edge. Any action that causes loss of life or serious injury is considered criminal negligence, and those responsible will be fined or imprisoned.
Positive competition exists when two or more people engage in a contest to see who can achieve something first. The goal of positive competition is to come up with the best solution, which will most likely result in winning the prize. For example, in a game of tennis, participants try to hit the ball into the other court using only their body.
Competition enables you to recover from failure, respond positively to pressure and obstacles, and then adapt to achieve greater success. You, like everyone else in the world, need to know how to deal with losses or failures and how to pick up the pieces in order to progress. Competition provides the opportunity to do so.
Losing doesn't destroy you; it makes you stronger. So when you lose, get back on the horse and give it another go. Losing is part of life; losing as a leader is not acceptable.
Pressure can drive you to succeed or collapse you under its weight. Pressure from within - driven by a desire to improve yourself and your team - is effective at motivating us to perform better. But pressure from without - such as that brought about by competitors - can be very distracting. It can cause us to make mistakes or lose focus.
If you want to succeed, you have to accept losing. But losing shouldn't destroy you. Use your loss as motivation to keep going. Remember, no one ever won all the time. No one but Jesus Christ himself has ever beaten death itself! Not even he wins every time.
Obstacles are supposed to be there; they are obstacles because they are in our way. They represent problems to be solved rather than barriers to be overcome. If we run into trouble, we should look at them as challenges instead of threats.